Today, the Government and the people of Pakistan are observing Kashmir Solidarity Day. This is an occasion to reiterate our firm support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their legitimate struggle for their inalienable right to self-determination.
On this day we reaffirm our resolve to stand by our brothers and sister in their valiant struggle for their just cause. The valiant and peaceful people of Jammu and Kashmir continue to suffer. Not only is the right to self-determination being denied to them, but they are also being subjected to the worst kind of human rights abuses, violence and suppression.
Thousands of Kashmiris have lost their lives and thousands more are languishing in Indian jails. However, atrocities and humiliations have not deterred them from a cause based on their legitimate aspiration of their right of self-determination as enshrined in UN Charter and UNSC Resolutions. A just and peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir is a sine qua non for lasting peace in South Asia.
Pakistan is committed to the resolution of all outstanding disputes with India, including Jammu & Kashmir, through dialogue. We invite India to engage in a comprehensive, sustained and result-oriented dialogue process. We also urge the international community to play its due role in securing for Kashmiris their right to self-determination.
Pakistan will continue playing its constructive role towards peaceful solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. On behalf of the Government and the people of Pakistan, I reaffirm Pakistan’s firm commitment to a just and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Jammu & Kashir and the protection of their fundamental rights. We will always stand by our Kashmiri brethren until the realization of their right to self-determination.
February 05, 2014